Being invited to speak to 600 people under the big red letters, is a hefty weight. Of course I wanted to run, wished I had said no, and struggled as an artist to "write" a speech. In the end, I was able to see it as a chance to really try my best to help our city. I used that big dumb stage and all the minds (that could afford to attend) to dig into our city's disrespect for youth... indigenous youth in particular. I used my story of overlooking and ignoring my own seeds of discrimination to hopefully help people look into their own. But before all that, I told them how cool die active is and how one indigenous youth created Neechee studio from the framework of Die Active. love these powerful youngbloods.
Glad its over, but hope it also all lives on!